Burundian refugees in Tanzania return home

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A returnee bus crosses the border from Tanzania into Burundi

The pace of the return of over 35,000 Burundian refugees to their country from Tanzania has picked up as the deadline for them to go home approaches, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency says more than 1,000 refugees are returning to their country almost daily, after losing their refugee status in Tanzania.

UNHCR representative in Burundi Catherine Huck says the refugees, who have been in Tanzania for 20 years, are taking the advantage of a last opportunity to get help to return home.

"In fact the Tanzanian authorities seek the closure of Mtabila camp on 31 of December and we started the repatriation, the first movement on 31 October. So from this day, 31 October up to now, we have 7,500 more or less people who returned to Burundi." (Duration: 25")

UNHCR says the Burundian refugees who remain in Tanzania and are not granted citizenship will see their refugee status revoked after the December 31 deadline.

Duration: 1’21″

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